Early struggles continue for OKC in Manny Bañuelos’ return
Manny Bañuelos hoped for a better return.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ pitcher returned Saturday night after being on the disabled list since June 29. He injured his knee his last start and he was placed on the DL for precaution.
On Saturday night, Bañuelos allowed five hits and three runs in just the first inning.
Banuelos started to settle down, allowing only two hits over the next couple of innings.
In his last outing, Bañuelos struggled. He pitched 5 innings and allowed four runs on eight hits in a 5-4 loss to the Nashville Sounds. It was his first loss since May 21.
Despite his recent struggles, Bañuelos is a Triple-A All Star for the second time in his career. He holds a 3.14 ERA, fifth best in the PCL and is fourth in strikeouts with 91.
Early game struggles
The Oklahoma City Dodgers’ bats continue to struggle early.
The Dodgers have been down by at least three runs before the start of the fourth inning in three straight games.
On Saturday, OKC allowed three runs in the first inning.
Throughout the year, the first inning has been one of the Dodgers weak spots, being outscored 41-29 this season.
OKC wraps up its five game home series against Round Rock on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Drew Hutchison (2-1) is the probable pitcher for the Dodgers. Hutchison’s last start was his best performance since signing with the team on June 16.
He pitched against the New Orleans Baby Cakes on July 3, going six innings while allowing no runs and just two hits.
Hutchison also struck out four batters and walked two.
For the Express, lefthander David Hurlbut (3-5) will take the mound. Hurlbut pitched against OKC on April 20 when he threw four innings and allowed two runs on three hits.
Oklahoma City’s Manny Bañuelos allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings of Saturday’s 6-5 win over Round Rock at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.